Following the sad news of Timmy Matley's death on Wednesday, fans of The Overtones singer have taken to his JustGiving page to donate money. The 36-year-old - who was battling skin cancer - was due to skydive out of a plane to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity on 3 May, and the page has now raised over £1,000 more than his £5,000 target. Timmy had set up the page last year, revealing his plans to jump 15,000 feet to raise money for the charity that was "very close to my heart".
Timmy was tragically diagnosed with stage three malignant melanoma – a form of skin cancer – in 2016 after finding a lump in his underarm. He recalled on the page that it had been a "very frightening and scary time" for both him and his family, and heartbreakingly still, he admitted that he was "afraid of dying". The star revealed that apart from the lump, he had no other symptoms, and that after initial treatment and surgery, he was then told that the cancer had reached stage four.
Timmy Matley's JustGiving page has beaten its target
Having started treatment in March 2017 with The Royal Marsden, Timmy wrote that his initial test results had been positive, and that most of his cancer was in regression. The star said that he had been incredibly grateful to everyone who had given him treatment and wanted to help them continue their research so that they could help others.
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Fans have taken to paying tribute to Timmy on his JustGiving page with one writing: "Thank you Timmy for your amazing talent, raising awareness of cancer and your fund raising. I am so sad you are gone but you will never be forgotten. Xxxx." Another said: "So sorry to hear of Timmy's passing. Everybody please get behind this good cause so we can make a difference." A third added: "What a brave and brilliant guy. So sad that you've gone."
The Overtone singer died at the age of 36
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Timmy's cause of death has yet to be announced, with some reports suggesting that the star fell from a balcony in London. On Wednesday, his fellow band members Mark Franks, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest and Lachie Chapman announced the news on Twitter: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and brother Timmy has passed away. We know this news will be as heartbreaking for you all as it is for us. We appreciate your love and support at this difficult time. Mike, Darren, Mark & Lachie x."